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|Location||20 Primrose Street
City of London
|Cost||c. £240 million|
|Roof||165 metres (541 ft)|
|Floor area||398,268 square feet (37,000.3 m2)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Skidmore, Owings & Merrill|
|Main contractor||Bovis Lendlease|
Built at an estimated cost of £240 million, it marked the next major phase of construction in the Broadgate estate that began in the 1980s to provide high-specification office space for the Square Mile. The tower is situated in the northeast corner of the City of London, north of Liverpool Street station. It was completed in 2009.
The Broadgate Tower was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and developed by British Land. The services design was carried out by Jaros Baum & Bolles (UK)Ltd. It utilises air rights in the form of sitting on a large construction raft that has been built over the entrance to Liverpool Street station.
As the Tower lies over major railway lines heading into Liverpool Street, groundwork took longer than would normally be expected for a tower of this size, as all work had to be stopped whenever a train was in the vicinity of the station. However, the steel core has the advantage of a quicker finish than a concrete core. It was the first skyscraper to be built in London since One Churchill Place at Canary Wharf. It was constructed at the same time as the neighbouring building, 201 Bishopsgate, and the two are separated by a covered pedestrian area.
Ancient artefacts were found during the building of the skyscraper, holding up its construction for several years.
In February 2005 Broadgate Plaza Ltd, a subsidiary of The British Land Company plc, submitted a planning application to the City of London for the construction of two buildings of 33 stories and 13 stories.
The tower has a criss-cross style steel beaming over the windows making it have a very strong appearance. The beaming is similar to the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong.
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